The Hollywood-North Park Community Association promotes a safe, well-maintained, and inclusive community. The organization assists grassroots programs and initiatives which support local business districts, education, arts, music and culture, as well as environmental sustainability throughout the Hollywood-North Park community which is bordered by the North Shore Channel on the east, the Chicago River's North Branch on the south, Pulaski Road on the west and the south side of Peterson Avenue on the north.
The Hollywood-North Park Civic Association, forerunner of today's Hollywood-North Park Community Association, was created in 1951 by neighbors who sued to shut down a troublesome business on Metropolitan Sanitary District land near Peterson and Jersey Avenues. After winning the suit, the Association successfully campaigned to have the land transferred to the Chicago Park District, which converted it to green space, now known as Legion Park. Those determined residents created a legacy that the Association carries forward today: assessing neighbors' concerns and seeking consensus, strategizing and acting together to develop solutions, enjoying the natural and cultural bounty of our community.
HNPCA milestones include:
Lobbying and receiving the city's first Residential Only Permit Parking on streets near Northeastern Illinois University (We are home to "Zone 1".)
Saving the former Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium ground from commercial development and remaking it for the community as North Park Village
Convincing the Chicago Fire Department to keep its Peterson-Pulaski station open
Advocating successfully for the Albany Park Library (and its 2014 renovation)
Advocating successfully for Northside College Preparatory High School
Supporting the launch of the Hate Has No Home Here campaign (2016) and the North Park Community Market (2017)
In 2017, members of the HNPCA chose to reinvent the organization. Members of the community met to reconsider the role and mission of a civic association and write new bylaws. A new Board was elected to support the new mission.